“No mediation between Algeria, Morocco and Spain”

The League of Arab States has never spoken or programmed the question of Western Sahara during its work.

The Arab League will not serve as an intermediary in the diplomatic conflict between Algeria, Morocco and Spain, out of respect for the principle of non-interference, especially since none of the countries has requested it. .

During a heated press conference in Madrid with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the Egyptian Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said, in response to a question about the possible mediation between the two parties, that “whatever happens between Morocco and Algeria or between a third country (Spain) and one of these two countries, the position of the League will always be clear: not to intervene unless there is a demand, which is not the case”.

A way to exclude any mediation between Algiers and Madrid on the basis of “the principle of non-interference” retorted Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Yet José Manuel Albares has continued to launch foot calls that Algiers continues to ignore. José Manuel Albares went so far as to maintain that his country aspired to have the best relations with Algeria, which would be mutually beneficial. “We want to have the same relations with Algeria as those we have with all our neighbours, namely mutual respect and non-interference”, he affirmed last Thursday, insisting on the fact that “the feeling of friendship that the Algerian people have with the Spanish people must take precedence”.

The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, even expressed, twice, the desire to be received by Algiers. Thus, the media release of the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, if it puts an end to all mediation, risks prolonging the crisis, in particular economic, which Spain is facing.

A crisis born of his change of position vis-à-vis the Sahrawi question. Precisely concerning the question of Western Sahara, and in particular the change of position of the Sanchez government in favor of the Moroccan proposal, Ahmed Aboul Gheit indicated that the League of Arab States has “adopted a position of principle not to intervene in the question of Sahara”. A truism. The League of Arab States has never spoken or programmed the question of Western Sahara during its work.

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